Smile! Dental Health Month is almost here...
20% off dental cleanings and dental related services*
and a free oral exam prior to the dental cleaning**.
Dental health for our pets is extremely important and often under appreciated. Many veterinarians can tell you that their patients with dental disease often seem to have other health concerns as well. There is a common misconception that pets cannot have dental disease if they are still eating well. However, halitosis (bad breath) is the hallmark of periodontal disease. It is extremely rare, even if they have severe dental disease, that a pet will refuse food because of their teeth. It is said that by 3 years of age 85% of pets will have some degree of periodontal disease.
The goal of dental prophylaxis (cleaning) is to prevent gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) and periodontal disease; periodontal disease is the inflammation of the tooth's support structures. Cleaning your pet's teeth properly involves putting them under general anesthesia, then removing tartar with either ultrasonic and/or hand scaling, polishing the teeth and applying a fluoride treatment or dental sealant. Your pet is monitored during the dental procedure and all abnormalities are noted in their personal medical record; including abnormalities such as gingival pockets, loose teeth, gum recession, chipped teeth, etc will be recorded on a dental chart.
There are many reasons why good dental health in our pets is important. The above mentioned facts are just a few key reasons why for the month of February we here at MLVC/Becker Veterinary Clinic will be joining the national effort to stress the significance of pet dental health.
We look forward to working with you and your pet!
Mille Lacs Veterinary Clinic-Milaca 320-983-6303
Mille Lacs Veterinary Clinic-Foley 320-968-6677
Becker Veterinary Clinic 763-262-5595
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**The free oral exam is a brief exam of the mouth done prior to the scheduled dental cleaning and does not include a full physical exam, a full physical exam will be done on all patients the day of their procedure.